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Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

Address: Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru (Cercado de Lima)
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Ranked #14 of 132 Attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Although the free and informational tour was great, we did seem to skip over a lot of things in the monastery. I did, however, enjoy getting an insider's scoop on the history of the monastery, and seeing the catacombs was pretty cool.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a unique place with many, mostly religious, unique relics. The monastery allegedly can only be visited with a guide, and we had to patiently wait for availability of an English speaking guide. However, during the tour I did see several people who seemed to be on their own, so I am not sure what the deal was. The... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A must see if not for the book collection,the bone collection, which is a bit creepy but amazing. The building is a testament to what great builders they were.

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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Our tour stopped here after visiting the Plaza de Armas. There were people preparing for a Christmas ceremony and had a nativity crib to be carried by locals in various national costumes. They were very colorful. The monastery itself has a lovely courtyard with beautiful tiles and woodwork in the surrounding corridors. There is an interesting painting of the Last... More 

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This monastery is from the colony time. It is a little poor since dominicos use to be very austere. However you can see the religious art of that time in the walls. Impressive at all. San Martin de Porres lived in that monastery. You can read the history of this saint in wikipedia.

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

One of the place where your soul can experience eternal peace. Its a place to get inspiration to yourself, your kids, family and friends, etc in different fields like educational, spiritual, cultural, sports,etc. All in one place. A place of paramount peace.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We found this place of absolute beauty during our tour of the downtown area. The statues in the church are stunning. We didn't have time to tour the museum but, I understand it is well worth the price of admission to see.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Once housing many monks, this beautiful place is full of paintings, altars, tombs. For us Canadians to be able to go back in time that far- church built by Dominican friars in the 16th century- was a treat. The Library was amazing!

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

As part of a half day open top bus tour of Lima, we visited the Monastery of Santo Domingo. The monastery boasts an elaborate ossuary and catacombs. Probably more impressive was the library, which has books and manuscripts dating hundreds of years. There was an illuminated manuscript on display. The tragedy of this site, was that there were paintings hanging... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A nice monastery. No photos allowed. Catacombs in the basement with lots of bones. Don't go if you are claustrophobic. Nice garden in the centre. You can buy coffee. They also have a bookshop.

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